mod 22.06.04


The Committee has now embarked on its inquiry into the sitting hours of the House of Commons.

The Modernisation Committee recommended new sitting hours in July 2002 in its Report, Modernisation of the House of Commons: A Reform Programme (HC 1168, Session 2001-02).  The Committee recommended that the new sitting arrangements should be adopted initially for an experimental period and reviewed in the light of experience  The proposals were adopted by the House in October 2002 and came into effect at the beginning of 2003.  The new arrangements expire at the end of the present Parliament and the Committee is now reviewing their operation in order to inform the House’s decision about sitting arrangements in the next Parliament.

Further details of the inquiry will be announced in due course.  Interested parties are invited to send written evidence to the Clerk of the Modernisation Committee, Journal Office, London SW1A 0AA.